Hey everyone! Today I am sharing 2 fun cards using a stencil that you wouldn’t normally think of for Christmas. Who says you always have to use supplies that are meant for one specific holiday or occasion? Let’s think outside of the crafty box lol.

Layered stencils are definitely on the must have list of crafty supplies right now and they are even better when they are super fun too! I decided to use the Striped Dots 2 Layer Stencil for these cards…this is really such a fun stencil! For the first card I wanted a traditional feel to it, so to achieve that I used Telephone Box Color Hive ink. This is a beautiful true red! I then paired it with some Sunrise Lake DecoFoil. The way this foil “moves” in the light is gorgeous!

To start I used the Telephone Box ink on stencil layer #1. I then used the Deco Foil Transfer Gel on stencil layer #2. I applied the gel evenly over the stencil and let it dry for approx. 1 hour before adhering the foil using a laminator. For the transfer gel, you can either use the regular gel in which you need a laminator or a Minc machine to adhere the foil using heat. Or you can use the Transfer Gel Duo, which you only need pressure to adhere the foil to the gel. The latter is a bit more convenient if you don’t have either machine stated above. All you need to do is to apply some pressure. So where that be a diecutting machine, a brayer or even just by applying pressure with your hand. Even using a good ‘ole rolling pin would work too!

For the second card I started using Rah Rah Skirt Color Hive Ink for it. I ended up blending some Tiptree Jam Color Hive ink as well because the Rah Rah Skirt just wasn’t bright enough for me. I love how the neon inks, for example Rah Rah Skirt, are bright when stamped, but when ink blending they go on nice and soft. So I ink blended stencil layer #1 with the ink, as I did for card #1. And then for layer #2 I used the transfer gel and once dried I applied the DecoFoil Silver Stars foil. This foil is gorge!!! The way the holographic stars twinkle is awesome!

To finish the cards I picked 2 sentiments from the All Seasons Sentiments 6×6 paper pack. I thought to foil them initially but then didn’t want foil overload lol…if that is even possible. To tie in the black from the sentiment, I added a black mat to both the sentiment and the stencilled background using the Eclipse Black Solid Core cardstock. I popped the sentiments up using foam squares and adhered the black matted stencilled piece directly to the A2 top folding cardbase using some liquid adhesive. And that was it!

So try to look at your supplies in a different light. Just because it wasn’t originally made for Christmas, doesn’t mean you can’t use it to make some really cool and fun Christmas cards!

Thank you so very much for popping by and I hope you all have a wonderful and crafty day!